The legend of Queen Padmavati is a tale of lust and war, which unfortunately ended in tragedy.
Alauddin Khilji was one of the most brutal rulers of India’s monarch rule. He ascended the throne by killing his father-in-law cum uncle and carrying his head on a spear inside Delhi on holy Ramazan.
The story of Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji is mentioned in Padmavat, an epic poem written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. A long time ago, in the early 14th century, Chittorgarh was ruled by Rawal Ratan Singh of the Sisodiya Clan. Padmavati was his second queen, whom he had married after winning the swayamvara.
Among the king’s many subjects was Raghav Chetan, a musician in his court. What nobody knew however was that Raghav was also a sorcerer. One day, while he was performing sorcery which was considered illegal, he was caught and banished by the king.
Enraged at the humiliation, Raghav Chetan started plotting revenge. He went to Delhi and took refuge in the court of Alauddin Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi. As he gained the Sultan’s trust, he began singing praise of Queen Padmavati’s beauty, thus invoking the Sultan’s curiosity.
Intrigued by the description of Padmavati’s enticing beauty, Alauddin marched to Chittorgarh with his soldiers and set up camp outside the fort. Word was sent to Rawal Ratan Singh that the Sultan of Delhi had come to catch a glimpse of his queen after which he would leave.
The request made the King uncomfortable as Rajput custom didn’t allow women to meet strangers. But Rawal Ratan Singh knew that upsetting the Sultan would result in an attack.
So, to save his kingdom and his people, he agreed that the Sultan could see his queen. Padmavati didn’t want to have a face-to-face meeting with the Sultan. So mirrors were arranged in the palace in such a way that the Sultan could see the queen’s reflection, without the queen having to meet him in person.
Khilji, who got obsessed with Padmini, decided to get Rattan Singh killed by treachery and attacked Chittor with his mighty force to capture Padmini. But she and the other women in the kingdom committed jouhar, the act of self-immolation, before they could be made slaves by the Sultan.
To play Alauddin Khilji, a menacing, cruel anti-hero in Sanjay Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’, Ranveer Singh had explored such hidden depths of negativity that he has actually had to see a psychiatrist to get back to ‘normal’ and get rid of the Khilji influences.
Trust Ranveer Singh to surprise us with roles we have never seen him play on-screen before with each passing film. Reportedly, the actor, who is one of the leads in Sanjay Leela Bhansali starrer ‘Padmavati’ alongside Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, will be seen essaying the role of a bisexual in the shoes of Alauddin Khilji.
According to a report in Filmfare, Bhansali will not only showcase Alauddin Khilji’s (played by Ranveer) fascination and attraction towards Rani Padmavati (played by Deepika) but also towards his slave-general, Malik Kafur. Jim Sarbh will be seen portraying the role of Malik Kafur in the film.